California State University, Northridge

Master of Public Administration: Nonprofit Sector Management


18111 Nordhoff Street

The Tseng College

Northridge, CA 91330

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Administration: Nonprofit Sector Management

Format: Online

Program Description:

Be a positive change agent.

CSUN created the Nonprofit Sector Management option of our nationally-ranked MPA program in response to requests for an opportunity to develop leadership and management skills specific to nonprofit organizations. Since many nonprofits rely on public sector funding and contract their services out to those same public agencies, it is crucial for those involved to have the capacity for managing both domains. This program empowers individuals working in both the public and private sectors of a philanthropic organization and fosters their ability to work across all facets of the nonprofit world.

The Nonprofit Sector Management option is designed for purpose-driven individuals who wish to develop professionally by acquiring expertise in budgeting, financial management, advocacy, leadership, stakeholder relations, and strategic planning. By emphasizing conceptual and professional development, the program offers a well-rounded perspective of philanthropy's role in civil society by focusing on both administrative and managerial issues.

In addition to an excellent learning experience, all CSUN MPA students benefit from the following features:

Programs designed to promote effective learning -

Courses are developed by industry professionals and CSUN faculty. The program is designed so that each course builds on the knowledge gained from previous coursework to ensure a cohesive and cumulative educational experience.

CSUN's online format was designed especially for midcareer adults and its significant flexibility allows for completing coursework at times and in places that best suit each student’s unique schedule.

Distinguished faculty -

The distinguished faculty and leading practitioners who design and teach CSUN's on-campus programs also craft the university's online programs, which are held to the same high standards of academic excellence and student achievement. Moreover, faculty engagement with CSUN online students is equivalent to their engagement with on-campus students.

The MPA program is taught by CSUN faculty who also work in the field in a range of settings and roles. The program uses an evidence-based approach to learning and problem solving through the study of real-world cases. By bringing current data into the classroom and CSUN provides the best blend of theory and practice.

Flexible learning options -

Students in this two-year program enroll in two assigned courses per semester. Because the online courses are continuously available during the scheduled semester, students are able to attend classes and access course materials at their own convenience.

Guaranteed enrollment & exceptional support services -

Students admitted into the program are guaranteed enrollment in all required courses. CSUN also offers exceptional support services designed for working professionals. From application to graduation, students enjoy the one-on-one support of a designated program manager and a CSUN faculty member. This personalized support frees busy professionals to focus on their work and studies without university or program related administrative distractions.

Cohesive learning community

Students enter and proceed through this program as a cohort, which encourages the development of a supportive network of fellow industry professionals. The cohort design not only guarantees enrollment in all required courses but also results in on-time program completion rates of up to 85% or higher.


California State University Northridge is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

International Student Requirements:

All graduate and post-baccalaureate international applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 85 on the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a score of 223 or above on the computer-based TOEFL. Some Departments or Programs require a higher score for admission. Additional information about alternative methods of assessing English fluency, including Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and the International Test of English Proficiency can be found on our website.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $723

In State Tuition (per year): $13014

Out State Tuition (per year): $13014

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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